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This Book Will Save Your Life Paperback – 29 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New Ed edition (29 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862079331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862079335
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 216 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A witty book of new beginnings - and doughnuts" -- Daily Express

"Bitter-sweet LA morality tale... a witty picaresque novel" -- Sunday Telegraph

"Her world is very dark and very funny; it is also very real" -- Irish Times

"I think this brave story of a lost man's reconnection with the
world could become a generational touchstone" -- Stephen King

"In a change of emotional tack, (Homes's) latest deals with the
nature of goodness... A disarming portrait of modern anomie."
-- Independent

"In the pithy, hilarious conversations that dominate this book,
Homes brilliantly evokes the macrobiotic daze that infects Los Angeles" -- Observer

"It is fantastical, anti-American, anti-consumerist,
anti-individualist...it shifts your perspective on life in the most darkly
entertaining way"
-- Observer

"This sharp-edged, soft-core satire on self-help cuts from event
to surreal event with cinematic clarity... -- Daily Telegraph

"Weird and warm and wise and really rather wonderful. There's
some kind of magic at work... inexplicably addictive." -- Mark Haddon


Short listed for the Richard & Judy Book Club 2007. An uplifting story set in Los Angeles about one man's effort to bring himself back to life. Richard is a modern day everyman; a middle-aged divorcee trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one. His life has slowed almost to a standstill, until two incidents conspire to hurl him back into the world. One day he wakes up with a knotty cramp in his back, which rapidly develops into an all-consuming pain. At the same time a wide sinkhole appears outside his living room window, threatening the foundations of his house. A vivid novel about compassion and transformation, "This Book Will Save Your Life" reveals what can happen if you are willing to open up to the world around you. Since her debut in 1989, A.M. Homes has been among the boldest and most original voices of her generation, acclaimed for the psychological accuracy and unnerving emotional intensity of her storytelling. Her keen ability to explore how extraordinary the ordinary can be is at the heart of her touching and funny new novel, her first in six years.

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